India / 2010 / Ashvin Kumar / 55mins & 82 mins
INSHALLAH FOOTBALL is a film about the difficulty of having a dream in an invisible war. It follows the journey of a young footballer, Basharat, caught between the dilemmas of a regular teenager and the extraordinary dilemmas of being born the son of an ex-militant in Kashmir.
Basharat is the captain of the ISAT football team - a teenage football team playing at the highest level in the Kashmiri league. A typical teenager filled with angst, Basharat has learnt about survival on the streets of Kashmir, infamous for being the most militarized zone in the world. Basharat is also the first player of the team to be selected by Marcos, ISAT's Argentinean football coach, for a football scholarship to Brazil. However, due to his 'suspicious' background - of being born the son of a militant - he has been kicked around in between investigation agencies, the police, passport authorities and finally the law courts in a fruitless struggle to obtain a passport. A struggle that has already taken two precious years from his dream: becoming a professional footballer.
Our story follows Basharat's journey, the dream Marcos injected in his blood, and his increasing curiosity about his father, Bashir, a former Hizbul Mujahideen. Through Basharat we discover Kashmir and the audacity it takes to dream of escape, release and freedom.
INSHALLAH FOOTBALL is directed by Oscar-nominated director, Ashvin Kumar.